blog Right around Australia, right now, the NBN company and its contractor are deploying thousands upon thousands of brand Fibre to the Node cabinets and micronodes.
Sometimes the NBN company gets it right. The node cabinet is deployed in an out of the way corner, in a part of a neighbourhood where nobody will notice it, and it won’t get in anyone’s way.
And then there are the times where someone just completely stuffed it up. Take the photo above, for example.
In this case (in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains), the node cabinet has been deployed right outside a National Australia Bank branch, meaning customers will be forced to walk around it to get onto the footpath.
No doubt a number of people have already accidentally bumped into this one, and of course the NBN company also didn’t realise that it located a node where local businesses normally put their rubbish bins.
Here’s a couple more photos of another node, again in Katoomba.
Here the NBN company has deployed a FTTN cabinet in a tiny, packed in space next to a rubbish bin, and in between two public telephone boxes and a bus shelter, leaving local residents almost no space to walk past on the footpath.
What’s worse, this cabinet has been deployed directly outside a Telstra telephone exchange.
Did the NBN company not get the memo that FTTN was supposed to be a solution that would allow the NBN to extend fibre further into neighbourhoods? What possible purpose could be served by deploying a FTTN cabinet directly outside a telephone exchange, where the existing copper already terminates?
What I want to do with this article is encourage people to send any similar shots you have of bad placement of FTTN cabinets or micronodes.
Has the NBN company put a cabinet in a tightly congested area? Right next to a door, or almost blocking a driveway? Has it torn up a lawn to get the job done, or are there more examples of FTTN cabinets directly outside telephone exchanges? Is there still legacy copper cable hanging out of the unit somewhere?
Send all photos to firstname.lastname@example.org in as high resolution as possible, or post links in the comments under this article, and in a week or so we’ll publish a featured selection of the worst of the worst. Also let me know where you found these examples so we can caption them appropriately. And don’t worry, we’ll maintain confidentiality as to who sent in these photos.
The aim of the exercise is to build up a picture of how the Coalition’s preferred FTTN architecture is affecting Australia’s streets. FTTP, of course, also had streetside cabinets, much less of it — it will be interesting to see how things have changed in a FTTN world.
For those in areas (such as Canberra) which have non-NBN FTTN infrastructure (TransACT has a large FTTN network here), please feel free to join in on the fun.